It is seaweed. Yes, you read that right: seaweed.
What can spirulina do for us? One of its most impressive attributes is that it is incredibly rich in protein: 60% to 65% of protein. In comparison, meat and fish products are between 15% and 35% in protein intake, beans about 6-11% in protein. So, not only is spirulina rich in protein, but this protein is highly absorbable, much more so than many animal proteins. Spirulina contains all the essential amino acids. For these reasons, spirulina is a favourite plant protein for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Spirulina has a high chlorophyll content, which is what enables all plants, including spirulina, to convert energy from the sun. Chlorophyll contributes to blood health, resulting in better circulation and less inflammation. It also boosts the immune system and creates a rejuvenating effect on the body.
Spirulina contains iron, vitamins A, E and K, and some of the B vitamins. It contains enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and has beneficial fatty acids such as DHA and GLA. Spirulina can have an antiviral effect on the body.